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Arrest Made in Connection with Paterson Shooting


Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik, and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora announce that based upon an investigation conducted by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, Alex Pagan, 22, from Paterson, was arrested May 9, 2020 in relation to a shooting investigation that took place April 12, in the area of Park Avenue Paterson.

Alex Pagan is charged with Attempted Murder, First Degree; Aggravated Assault, Second Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, Second Degree; and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, Second Degree.

Police say on April 12, at approximately 4:33 p.m., members of the Paterson Police Department were dispatched to the area of a Park Avenue Paterson on a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival the police located evidence of a crime scene, but were unable to locate a victim.

A short time later members of the Paterson Police Department were advised that a 22-year-old male Paterson resident had arrived at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson seeking treatment for a non-fatal gunshot wound.

Based on the investigation Alex Pagan was identified as the shooter and an arrest warrant was issued.

Mr. Pagan was arrested by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department on May 9, 2020 at approximately 2:40 a.m. during a motor vehicle stop, in the area of a Straight Street and Fulton Street.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or or contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.